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>> i don't care. >> you don't care? >> thanks, great job. that does it for me. bye. >> republican frontrunner mitt romney takes heat over his politics and his religion in new hampshire. more pressure on the white house over the scandal surrounding the now bankrupt solar energy company solyndra. and brit hume on the occupy wall street movement. this is "special report." good evening. i'm shannon breen in for bret baier. there will be a republican presidential debate tuesday night. chief political correspondent karl cameron tells us what kind of criticism mitt romney is facing. >> rick perry has started a
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barrage of attacks on mitt romney. the latest is a slick 6 60-secod web video. one part bashes romney's credibility. >> romney has flip-flopped on some of the issues. >> i didn't change my mind. >> there's a lot of reasons not to elect me. >> team romney says it's an attempt to deflect attention from perry's liberal stance on in-state tuition. mormons consider themselves christians, but a texas evangelical pastor who has said it's a false religion, endorsed and introduced perry at the values voter summit last week. afterwards jeffers told
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reporters that mormonism is a cult and not christian. >> mormonism is not historical christianity. it is a theological cult. i stand by those comments. >> jenniferers insists he spoke out on his own and has never discussed mormonism with perry. >> three out of four agreed with the position that mormonnism is not christianity. mormons are not christians. this is no new news. >> a quinnipiac poll of voters says this year fully 68% of republicans are comfortable with a mormon president, as are 64% of independents. democrats are least comfortable with only 49% comfortable with a mormon president. romney denounced hate rhetoric in general. >> poisonous language has never
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changed a single mind. the blessings of faith carry the responsibility of civil and respectful debate. >> the attacks on romney's record are sure to drive the next gop presidential debate, which happens in new hampshire at dartmouth college tomorrow night. in washington, karl cameron, fox news. >> congressional staffers are pouring through more emails and memos relating to the failure of the solyndra green energy firm. senior white house foreign affairs correspondent wendall goaler tells us where the investigation is going. >> among the 2,000 pages of documents the administration released late friday on the bankrupt solar power company solyndra are emails that that suggest the energy department was warned about overstepping its authority in the deal that ultimately only delayed the company's bankruptcy. the issue was giving private investors first claim on solyndra's assets in exchange for pumping more money to the company. an assistant treasury secretary told the deputy budget director "in february we requested in writing the doe, the department
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of energy, seek the department of justice's approval of any proposed restructuring. to our knowledge, that has never happened. house oversight committee chairman darrell issa wants to ask secretary chu about it. >> why did we breach the protocol that was required? why did we do something strictly prohibited? >> ice-has questions about loan guarantees to other companies that were made on september 30th, the last day of the legislation that authorized them. >> one of the questions we have for secretary chu is, tell us why that last day somehow you had everything you needed and you didn't have it over a period of time before. >> another house subcommittee plans hearings on friday, but may not call secretary chu, suggesting it's not the last hearing. the president says all the final loan guarantees were approved on the merits and there was no rush to beat the september 30th deadline. mr. obama told reporters in a news conference last week the u.s. must compete with china's $30 billion in subsidies and
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some of the companies we back are going to fail. >> we'll have to keep on pushing hard to make sure that manufacturing is located here, new businesses are located here, and new technologies are developed here. >> other emails show steve spinner, an obama fundraiser, who became an energy department official, was pushing for a decision son solyndra in 2009, saying how hard is it this? whats he waiting for? spinner's wife law firm represented solyndra, and he'd been advised to stay out of the process, but officials say hairs no evidence he or anyone else exercised improper influence on the loan decision. on august 26th, the energy department was considering another $5.5 million loan for solyndra when a house aide emailed the deputy budget director and called the situation an expletive and "a mess." after a conference call that day, officials tell fox news there was a unanimous decision that no more money should go to solyndra. the company filed for bankruptcy two days later. shannon? >> wendall, thank you. house oversight committee
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chairman darrell issa says he'll issue a new set of subpoenas to attorney general eric holder about fast and furious. meanwhile issa wrote a letter to holder today saying the failed gun running operation is the attorney general's responsibility. william longenness has an update. good evening, william. >> that letter details why many don't believe the attorney general learned of this operation this year. fast and furious began in the fall of 2009 based on a broader directive from justice officials in washington. according to issa documents suggest these assistant attorneys general and deputy ags were intimately aware of it as early as march of 2010. secondly, officials in the office of lenny brewer approved all wiretaps, and because of that agents say he knew in detail exactly how the operation was run. example, in march 2010, in a briefing then, top officials
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learned that acosta, a ringleader, bought in cash about 800 weapons through the straw buyers with half a million dollars on a salary he had of only $15,000. they knew from wiretaps that he was buying for the cartels, but did not stop him. take march 12th. at a briefing, gary grindler, then a deputy, now holder's chief of staff, learned that 313 guns were bought while on food stamps. he was not arrested, though the guns he bought showed up quickly in mexico. >> if in fact a border patrol agent's been murdered, 2,000 weapons are gone, this program has completely gone off the rails. why didn't he know? that's probably a more important question for the chief law enforcement officer, is if lenny brewer knew, why didn't eric holder know? >> well, holder claims that he doesn't read everything that his aides give him and he did not know about fast and furious until early this year. in a letter to the attorney general, issa writes, "operation
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fast and furious was the department's most significant gun trafficking case. whether you realize it yet or not, you own fast and furious. it is your responsibility." today justice officials replied, saying "from the start the attorney general took the concerns about certain tactics used in fast and furious seriously and what the american people deserve is less partisan showboating and more responsible solutions to stopping gun violence." now f a subpoena does come out this week, it would be the second in the case. this might focus on justice department officials. the first one on atf. back to you. >> william, thank you very much. protesters occupying freedom plaza near the white house are refusing to go. they spent days there, and were supposed to leave this afternoon, but they didn't. it's not clear yet what police will do about it. and new york mayor michael bloomberg says the protesters in his city will be allowed to express themselves as long as they obey the law. let's get some thoughts now on this emerging movement.
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senior political analyst brit hume joins us. good evening, brit. >> good evening, shannon. there's three related characteristics -- organization, focus and discipline of grassroots movement. the tea party had all three. while it was decentralized, it was cohesive because of intense focus on government spending and debt. its discipline showed in the collective decision to work through the republican party instead of mounting a third-party effort that would likely have ended up helping the democrats. speaking of democrats, some of them, including the president and nancy polossy, have begun to align themselves with the occupy wall street movement in the hope it brings support to the democrats the tea party brought republicans. but the wall street occupiers, and they're growing offshoots around the country seem undisciplined, seen in the skirmishes with police that have broken out in several places. their message, to the extent one can be discerned, might have
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been found on a sign found in new york. "we demand sweeping unspecified change," it said. at the moment it hardly seems to represent the 99% of americans it purports to speak. it too soon to dismiss it as a mob, but so far it seems closer to that than the tea party. >> why the hesitation for the endorsement? >> i think the endorsements have been tentative, because these democrats, while they would love to have the energy of this movement, and hope it will do for them, as i noted, what the tea party did for republicans, might turn violent. we've seen skirmishes with the authorities. if it did turn violent, an these politicians were associated with it, it would be a very, very negative thing for them. >> brit, thank you. >> you bet. >> some people want to go to dangerous places for fun. more on that in the grapevine. first a very dangerous place to
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>> in world headlines, a human rights group says at least 17 members of the syrian military and 14 civilians were killed in clashes over the weekend. three died at a shooting during a funeral in damascus. this video was video was provided by an antigovernment group. revolution forces in lib say fierce fighting is still reported in some areas of that city. the cases of the iranian pastor sentenced to death fro after converting to christian, his story has received widespread attention. the white house is expressing concern over continued violence
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against christians in egypt. the leaders are blaming military rulers for not protecting them. we show you what's happening in cairo. >> in running street battles reminiscent of the egyptian revolution, downtown cairo burned as thousands of christians protesting another church burning fought riot police. the army brought in armored personnel carriers to run down protesters. they run them down with tanks, said this demonstrator, and shoot them with bullets like this one. christians gathered monday to begin burying the nearly 30 people who died this week. christians in egypt have always been under threat, but enjoyed protection from former president hosni mubarak. since his resignation, violence has increased, with reports of muslim gangs raping christian women with impunity. many christians supported the military which took over in february, but now feel betrayed.
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the people want the general to step down, the crowd roared, over the sound of gunfire, tear gas canisters and street combat. the overwhelming military response used against the christian protesters now and the to sit approval of a violent mob that stormed the embassy in cry row last month shows a government scared of hard-line muslim elements within the country. the egyptian military faces a major credibility crisis when it took power back in february it promised never again the kind of violence we saw during the revolution and to hold elections quickly. those elections have now been rescheduled a number of times. the latest date is november 28th, but this weekend's violence would be the perfect excuse to delay them again. in jerusalem, leland vittert, fox news. >> the dow surged 330 points today. the s&p 500 finished 39 ahead. nasdaq gained 87. today's big gains were in response to promises by the
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leaders of france and germany to have a plan out by the end of the month to strengthen europe's troubled banks. today the belgium government bought the subsidiary of decksia to keep it afloat. greek workers were on strike today, protesting the government's austerity measures. a dollar doesn't buy what it used to, and now it seems american households have fewer dollars to buy with they did during the recession. chief washington correspondent james rosen looks at the numbers. >> so help me god. >> president obama argues his policies helped avert a second recession, but for many americans the recession is starting to look more and more like the good old days. real median household income fell during the recession by just over 3%, but since the so-called recovery began in june 2009 that income level has fallen by almost 7%. these number>> i think it's faiy there really has not been a
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recovery, at least in terms of household income. >> the economy has been growing since june 2009, albeit slowly, yet incomes have fallen dramatically since then. how can that be? because stubborn unemployment is suppressing income levels. during the recession, the average length of a worker's period of unemployment shot up by 45%, from 16 1/2 weeks to six months. during our so-called recovery, the average period a worker spending finding a new job rose by 68% to 10 months. >> many people, to get a job, they have to take a job that perhaps is -- involves a pay cut for them, or it's in a different line of work that they have to learn, where they're starting at a lower level. so all of those factors combined together to produce a more difficult situation for people. >> as usual, those demographic groups already struggling felt the drop in incomes the hardest, with african americans registering the highest rate of decline of any racial group, but prime factor weighing down our
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economy is neither black nor white but red ink. >> part of the reason we're in such dour economy, because of the interest rate we're paying. >> the value of education, those with a bachelor's degree or higher saw their income levels drop by a full percentage point less than those who failed to complete high school. shannon? >> james rosen live, thank you very much, james. little still ahead what the federal government is using to go after a wikileaker, but
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>> joe the plumber wants to be joe the congressman. he's filed a statement of candidacy to run for congress
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has a republican in ohio's ninth district. he became famous for questioning then candidate obama's plan to raise taxes on high income earners back in 2008. union leaders from chrysler facilities around the country will have to stay in detroit a little bit longhorn. about 200 local chiefs had expected to hear about a new contract today, but they've been told to stick around until wednesday. chrysler and the united auto workers are believed to be close to a new deal. government officials from several states are hoping to get a deal done to provide foreclosure relief for their citizens. correspondent phil keating tells us how it's going from miami. >> i had a hardship. my husband passed away. and after that, then it all went downhill. >> when patty workman became a widow, her income shrunk 75%. she hasn't paid her monthly mortgage for two years and continues to ask bank of america to modify her mortgage. >> i go to bed at night worrying about this house. i wake up in the morning still worried about this house and
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trying so hard to keep this house. i'm fighting so hard to keep my little home. >> there are an estimated 6 million distressed homeowners like her facing foreclosure and eligible for home mortgage modification. federal efforts at mortgage relief have had modest impact, but now there's a state-led plan in the works to bring homeowner relief. attorneys general led by florida and idaho are getting to the principal reduced, helping to make monthly payments and avoid foreclosure. in exchange, the ags would seek to lessen the penalties against the banks from mortgaging servicing abuse, a partial amnesty. negotiations began a year ago with all 50 attorneys on board, now seven have pulled out, including california and new york, concerned that this deal is too sweet for the banks and for homeowners, well, much like this florida eyesore, neglected
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and abandoned. if
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>> fresh pickings from the political grapevine. alabama's agriculture department says farmers shorts of help should stop by the local prison. farmers are reportedly shorthanded because illegal immigrants have fled the state's toughest in the nation immigration laws. to be eligible for farm duty, inmates must be nonviolent and a low security risk. the state's agricultural commissioner acknowledges that neighboring georgia tried a similar approach and it failed. "that is why i'm emphasizing this is a short-term solution to get the current crops up, then we'll look at the long term." the obama administration's use of special policy advisors sometimes called czars has far outstripped the number of czars in the entire history of russia. the russian entitle of czar was first used in the 16th century to describe emperors from that time through the 1917 revolution there were only about 30 czars. a new judicial watch report says the obama white house has 45 so-called czars with up to 18
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unfilled positions. travel and leash has a list of tempting destinations with a lure against serious warnings. take iraq, which has called one huge museum of artifacts. pakistan has mountains, hunting and antiquities, balanced by the threat of terrorist activity. and given that the war in afghanistan is 10 years old and not showing signs of weakening there's a correspondingly harsh advisory, "americans are strongly warned against travel to afghanistan. much of the nation is a war zone. foreigners are key targets for kidnappings and terrorist attacks." the lure? afghanistan's director of tourism says many of the country's old castles and archeological sites will one day be repaired and opened to visitors. well, one way to see the world without leaving home is the internet, but you can also see some things there you weren't meant to see. one of those places is
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wikileaks. some are questioning the government's use of a special subpoena to go after one of the alleged leakers. >> the secret court order allows the federal government to examine the email accounts of well-known hacker and wikileaks volunteer jacob applebaum. he responded with a tweet today "state terrorism of our individual lives at the most relevant terrorism to everyday americans. we must resist it at every opportunity." the justice department did not respond today, but has previously stated its desire to prosecute all involved in the wikileaks release of secret u.s. diplomatic cables. >> the investigation we're conducting will allow us to hold accountable the people responsible for the unwarranted disclosure of information. >> many voices believe the secret order may violate the constitutional right against unreasonable search and seizure. google changed the secret order,
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saying the lawsuit was expensive but felt it was the right thing to do. brad blakeman, a former bush administration official said favored surveillance under the controversial foreign intelligence surveillance act says this secret order goes too far. >> somebody can't come up to my mailbox at my home and open it up and rifle through my mail without opening tight determine whose sending me mail. you cannot touch a federal mailbox that delivers mail. >> many critics maintain the law that allowed the secret order is badly outdated. the electronic communications privacy act was signed into law in 1986, three years before the web existed. while a supreme court has not heard challenges to the law, some lower courts have, writing in the federal court's law review, one judge argued against secret court orders. "justice may not be done in a corner." in a six-month period in 2009, google disclosed it had received over 4,000 government requests
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for user data and it granted 94% of them. in washington, doug mckelway, fox news. >> the offsite in yemen is confirming the death of anwar alwacky. the group is vowing to avngs. at least 10 were killed in western baghdad todaywhen a string of explosions targeted security officials and first responders. three bombs went off within minutes. 19 other people were wound. we'll talk about the renewed discussion about presidential candidate mitt romney's mormon faith. the all-stars join us after a
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>> it seems that there were instructions to use excessive force against protesters. i have never seen in my life armored vehicles speeding to run over protesters as if they were competing for a prize. >> those comments from an egyptian politician talking an incursion this weekend that left dozens dead, most of them christians. before the break, we had a question of the day that we asked you. is egypt better off since hosni mubarak was ousted? 5% of you say yes. 95% say no. let's break this down with our panel. charles, over the weekend about 1,000 christians were reportedly trying to protest peacefully against previous attacks. they say they're not being protected by the ruling military
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council. how do we look at this? i mean, are things better or worse with mubarak out of the picture? >> there's a strange way in which dim taters often give protection to minorities, if not out of sincerity, a way to build a base of support. you've got that, for example, in syria, where the dictator assad, 10% of the population he protects, but christians in syria are worried about what would happen if he's deposed because of the rise of islamism throughout the region, which is quite intolerant of other religions. when mubarak was sitting in the cage in the trial, the protector of the christians, you've gotten a regime that succeeded him that's not exactly content on containing the passions of the mob. you've had a lot of churches destroyed, attacks on cops. you also had the attack on the israeli embassy, about the only
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outlet for any semitism, so that the jewish community long ago has abandoned egypt. this is what's to come. this is in response to the rise of islamic elements in the population, the regime, the military government is afraid of clamping down. as a result, what you're getting, is at least neglect of supporting and protecting religious minorities, and in some cases encouragement of persecution. that is really a bad omen for a democratic egypt. >> a lot of christians in egypt saying there were agreements we reached that, you know, people were going to be protected, and that certain things would be implemented. you know, elections were coming. a lot of those time lines have passed. the military council is still in charge. we know parliamentary elections are coming today. the white house said this violence should not delay the elections. what do you make of what progress has or hasn't been made in egypt? >> i don't see a great deal of progress toward democracy. i've been worried from the
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beginning that this arab spring would lead to chaos or islamicic extremism or the reimposition of military rule. i mean, this has happened before. it happened in iraq when we -- when we invaded the shiites started going after the sunnies, and vice reversa. it happened in afghanistan. it happened in iran. it happened in yugoslavia, you know, where everybody was killing everybody else. so this is what happens when the iron rule is lifted and everybody is free to attack their enemies, and then somebody comes along and reimposes iron rule. it looks as though the military intends to crack down on anybody who gets out of line. but since the country is largely islamic, they are going to have to make their peace with islamism. my guess is that the successor regime will be military, but also islamic, the worst possible case. >> we were told in many of these
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upricings in these countries, the muslim brotherhood was not going to be an extremism organization. it was more about democracy and secular aims. is that not the case? >> certainly not the case with the islamists attacking the cops, burning down their churches. i would differ with one thing mort said. the armed forces that are running things want to crack down on everybody that gets out of line. they're not cracking down on these islamists. they're cracking down on cops, perfectly innocent christians. one of the tests of the arab spring in these countries that have thrown out their dictators is whether they bring in religious tolerance. mort gave a pretty good list of countries where there isn't religious tolerance. egypt is failing. now not only the islamists but the armed forces financed heavily by the united states plowing into about crowds of cops who are having a perfectly
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peaceful demonstration. we're funding the egyptian army basically, and have for years, and to put out a weak statement that the white house or the state department did today, you know, really doesn't do it. >> the white house sent out condolences to the families and loved ones of those that were loved or injured, but didn't call for specific changes, only that the elections carry forward. is that enough? >> well, we have a pretty weak hand here, because having abandoned mubarak, which had to be done at the time it was done, because he had lost the mandate, but with him gone, a regime that's unsteady, worried about the islamist elements, we do have the pressure of our military aid, but there's not much of an option of suspending it, at least at this point. i think that all we can do is put the pressure on them to talk about the possible suspension of aid if this goes on, but i think what we really have to worry about is not these demonstrations, but we've got
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elections coming in in which the most organized elements are the islamists. teethes presidential elections will be postponed until 2013, if it can be held off that long, but the parliamentary elections are likely to bring to power the islamists. that's going to be mump more difficult. at that point we'll have to exercise diplomacy and use the levers that we have, which are essentially economic. >> will there be a place for christians in these societies if they solidify and change? >> not if there's an islamist government. i mean, there's the people trying to exterminate the entire christian church in egypt. it will be hard. they are 10% of the population, but you can, i think, count on the fact that we'll see one heck of a lot more immigration from egypt of the christian copss. >> and a collapse of the economy. >> stay tuned. live tv can be fraught with potential minefields. coming up, see what happens when
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>> finally, some stories can be tougher than others to get through when you're anchoring the news live. here is what happened when one local news anchor found one story just too difficult to report. >> for more bodily functions in the news this morning, the next time you pass g make sure no police are around. a man in west virginia faces assault charges after police say he passed gas -- don't laugh. according to police reports -- >> he passed the gas so loudly the officer said it was, quote, very odorous and created insulting or provoking nature. >> it's happened to all of us. that's "special report."

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